Compassionate Professionalism

Born and raised in Wyoming, Arizona Criminal Attorney Dwane Cates has the heart and soul of a cowboy, embodying all of the independence and bold fearlessness that implies. While the world sees him today as one of the most celebrated and respected Criminal Defense Attorneys in the country, Dwane is still a flesh and blood man who understands that life is complicated and unexpected events can tear our world apart.

Even his own personal battle with alcoholism and subsequent sustained recovery not only augment his already vast vault of experience but his natural compassion and empathy for others who face life’s challenges. It’s this same ability to relate to others that help draw him to criminal defense.

Deal Directly With a Board Certified Attorney

A man who still subscribes to the philosophy that “a man’s word is his bond,” Dwane Cates is the very embodiment of integrity and professionalism. If Dwane accepts your case that’s exactly what you can depend on. This Board Certified, award-winning Arizona Criminal Attorney works with you personally and directly. You’ll have direct contact with his personal cell number. Committed to providing superb, tireless, and dedicated representation, Dwane will be at your side every step of the way.

Dedicated to preserving your rights, Dwane faces each situation armed with his own unique arsenal of tools garnered and sharpened with decades of experience and augmented by a track record of outstanding success.

A Unique Approach

Meeting Dwane the first thing that becomes readily apparent is that here is a man who does things differently, even unexpectedly. He has always believed that if you do things like everyone else, it makes you average. His singular way of looking at life and every aspect of it is evidenced in his approach to every case. Regardless of how many clients he has represented over the years, Dwane views each client and case as unique focusing on everything about that person and the situation that will lead to a positive outcome.

While there’s no disputing his virtually unrivaled trial skills, Dwane is quick to draw upon the expertise of specialists whenever the situation calls for it. His long-standing associations with experts in various specialties such as forensic psychologists, investigators, and mitigation specialists ensure that his clients will always benefit from the best of the best in preparation for trial.

Don’t Settle for Second Best

It takes hard work and dedication to become the most successful and highly respected Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney and it’s something that Dwane takes seriously. His non-stop approach to life and especially his profession, continue to make him one of the country’s most highly sought-after attorneys.

It’s your life, your family, and even your freedom. Don’t settle for second best. Choose an Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney to lead you through the labyrinth of our legal system.


  • Arizona State University - J.D. - 1996

    Trial Advocacy Team and Oral Argument Competitions

  • Arizona State University - B.A. - 1993

    Communication, Persuasion Honors: Suma Cum Laude

Professional Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

    Member Since: 2006

  • American Bar Association

    Member Since: 2000

    Criminal Law Section

  • Arizona State Bar

    Member Since: 1997

  • State Bar of Arizona

    Member Since: 2017 - 2020

    Executive Committee of the Criminal Law Section

  • American Association for Justice, Criminal Law Section

    Member Since: 2000 - 2014

Client Reviews

I was busted @ the I8 checkpoint about 50 miles east of the AZ/CA border with a very small amount of pot, I called up Dwayne and his people took care of everything, thankfully I did not have to drive back to AZ...


Mr Cates is professional, helpful, explained the entire process and got me great results. I recommend him if you want someone knowledgeable fighting for you.


At the first point from when I retained Mr. Cates, he was nothing but professional, and I felt that he really cared about my case. I could tell that after negotiating with the other attorney, delivering the...


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